A Guide to Foundations for SME’s and Start-up’s

We have made a list of some of the foundations and programs that we believe are interesting for many of our clients and people working in the start-up environment.

These types of applications usually contain a mandatory part concerning IP and patents – we have experience in scoping and adding value here. Contact any of our attorneys directly or at for an informal discussion about the options.

The deadlines for applying for these innovation and research programs and foundations are approaching fast – so get started and good luck!

EC Horizon 2020: SME instrument

To Whom: One of more European SMEs
How much: 50.000 – 2.5 M € in two phases over 6 – 24 months.
When: Next deadline is 3 April 2019.

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EC Horizon 2020: Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)

To Whom: 3-5 European entities.
How much: up to 3 M €, close-to-market innovation.
When: Next deadline is 28 February 2019.

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EC Horizon 2020: Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open

To Whom: at least 3 entities
How much: 0.5 – 3 M € for radically new technologies.
When: Next deadline is 28 September 2019.

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You can find an overview of some of the EC programs her:

The EU has also initiated Eurostars for the development of research projects with high-tech SMEs in international partnerships.

Eurostars SME

To Whom: The funding options are different from country to country. In Denmark is the focus up to 75% of actual costs to salary, travel and material. Other costs must be defined and approved.
How much: 300.000 € if one Danish partner participates, 500.000 € if there are two or more Danish partners.
When: Next deadline is 28 February 2019.

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For Denmark there are also more focused foundations in 2019. These include:

Innovationsfondens “InnoBooster”

To Whom: Innovative SMEs and startups.
How much: 50.000 – 5 M DKK.
When: Next deadline is 19 February 2019.

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Innovationsfondens “Grand Solutions”

To Whom: Larger projects with focus on research, development and/or commercialization in a wide variety of technological areas.
How much: 5 – 30 M DKK
When: Ongoing evaluations from 1 February 2019.

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